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>> shepard: continuing coverage of the president state of the union address tonight here in washington. we are still getting brand new
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excerpts of that state of the union address. the white house now reports to us that the president will say i have never been more hopeful about america's future than i am tonight. despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do not give up. we do not quit. we don't allow fear or division to break our spirit. in this new decade, it's time for america people to get a government that matches their decency. that elm bodies their strength. and tonight, says the president, i'd like to talk about how together we can deliver on that promise. greg jarrett now in washington as audio problems persist. >> and, shepard, thanks very much. hello i'm greg jarrett. tonight we will be airing the 76th time that the chief executive has faced congress to deliver a state of the union address or as it is known the president's annual message to congress. george washington was actually the first to deliver an address that was estimated to last roughly five minutes in total.
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well tonight will be a bit longer. and while it's tough to compare one president's speech to another, there are lessons we can learn from past addresses that could tell us a whole lot about what to expect from this one. joinin presidential historian douglas brinkley. douglas, good to see you. what do you expect to hear tonight? >> well, i think, if you will recall, when barack obama gave his nobel peace prize speech it was policy and disappointed the base this past december when he was sending more troops to afghanistan, showing a renewed commitment to iraq. it was sort of a new obama foreign policy. i think this evening it's going to be the book-end, the new domestic policy jobs, jobs, jobs, health care mentioned but kind of not the main purpose of it. and mainly this freezing spend of government showing that he is actually a centrist, closer to people, say bayh thean pelosi or
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reid. >> we are getting record that he is going to spend some time talking about health care. here is an advanced, quote, by the time i'm finished speaking tonight more americans will have lost their health insurance. is there a danger with too much emphasis on that which he apparently has already lost, at least in large part? >> there is danger, but i think the lead of health care is going to be buried. i think he is trying to push that compassion button there, tell people we can't forget about the people that are not insured. i'm not giving up this fight. but, clearly, this is not a victory lap on health care this evening. he is trying to shift gears to the jobs issue. i mean, if you went back a year ago, you would have thought the big issues that he was going to -- legislation was going to be health care and climate. neither of those have worked for him in 2008. so, i think this evening he is trying to connect to the mainstream audience. he is seen as too much an apologist for wall street, ironically, considering his
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grass roots chicago organizing background. and he wants to get back to trying to find a populous mainstream. >> is there something he can learn from past presidents, historically? >> there is a lot. you know, for one thing in the foreign affairs part, i was looking today when dwight eisenhower had to deal with sputnik and many people said ike was week in 1957. in 1958 you see eisenhower giving a very strong speech on national security in the wake of sputnik. i would think tonight on the foreign policy front, war on terror, after fort hood and after the christmas day shoe bomber, that he is going to make people want to know is he very lidge lent regarding war on terror. >> douglas brinkley, presidential historian, good perspective. thanks so much for being with us. >> thank you. >> now back to shep. we fixed our audio in washington. >> shepard: thanks, greg. updating some of the fox top
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stories tonight. auto supplier says it's working with toyota to come up with a new gas pedal. the car maker has stopped selling millions of its most popular models because of the concern about the accelerator getting stuck. they are calling it another miracle in haiti. rescue workers have pulled a teenage girl alive from the rubble in port-au-prince 15 days after the earthquake struck. and on this day in 1862, president abraham lincoln signed general war order number one commanding all union forces, excuse me, to advance on the con fed reas. the civil war had been raging for nine months at the time and lincoln had reportedly grown tired of delays in lauhi offens. so he studied up on military strategy and issued his order. the plan, have all the land and sea forces attack at the same time on the same day in february. the idea? stop the south in its tracks. but not every union general obeyed the order and the civil war would divide the nation for three more long and bloody
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years. but a commander in chief went on the offensive 148 years ago today. and now you know the news for this wednesday, january 27th, 2010. i'm shepard smith. thanks for having us into your home tonight. we'll be back in new york tomorrow, noon pacific, 3:00 eastern time for "studio b" and our team fox coverage continues just about 55 minutes from now for the state of the union address here on fox news channel, on fox radio, and fox and i'll be just down the dial on the -- >> bill: "the o'reilly factor" is on. tonight: >> i w r
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